Topcon introduces new 10-inch touchscreen display for construction machine control

Topcon Machine Control

Topcon Positioning Group announces the release of the latest addition to its longstanding line of touchscreen control boxes for construction machine automation — the GX-75. With its 10-inch touch screen, the system is designed to offer a large and easy-to-use display for operators.

“The GX-75 is the largest touchscreen display for Topcon construction machine control ever available,” said Kris Maas, director of construction product management. “Its 10-inch, bright, rugged and sunlight-readable screen allows operators in the cab to see more of the project file, at once, in practically any weather condition.

“It is also a perfect system for operators using the Sitelink3D monitoring and management service to instantly communicate job site progress to the office in real time, as well as quickly receive updated plans and job files,” he said.

The Topcon is currently available for use with dozer, motor grader and excavator machine control systems. It comes with a standard lock connector used with previous Topcon control boxes, allowing for backward compatibility.

“The display also includes LED light bars that allow operators to easily see where they are in relation to grade with just a glance,” said Maas.

The GX-75 includes an adjustable mounting backpack designed to provide versatility — whether an operator prefers to view project information on the left, right or center of the cab.

Additional features include integrated virus protection, and easily-accessible USB ports for saving and downloading job files.

For more information, visit topconpositioning.com.

Volvo introduces the P4410B paver: A true commercial/heavy highway crossover

The new P4410B tracked paver from Volvo Construction Equipment is a powerful machine in a compact package — bridging the gap between heavy-commercial and light-highway paving.

Born from the Blaw-Knox legacy, the P4410B is the latest addition to the B-Series lineup of tracked pavers from Volvo Construction Equipment. With a 155-horsepower (115 kW) Deutz Tier 4 Final engine, the P4410B delivers impressive power for a range of applications, as well as a 5 percent fuel efficiency improvement over its predecessor. Engineered to be easy to transport and incredibly maneuverable on site, the P4410B is impressively productive for its size thanks to a factory-fit Ultimat®16 front-mount screed and a host of design elements that make it easier to operate and maintain.

“The P4410B is designed to be the most used paver in any fleet,” says John Mooney, product manager at Volvo Construction Equipment. “Whether the job is light highway or heavy commercial, the paver’s unique size combined with its powerful engine, front-extending screed and ease of use make this machine a utility tool for any paving contractor. Adding to its versatility is the ability to install most auto-grade and slope systems.”
Sizing up for the job
With a 98-inch transport width and an overall length of 17 feet,10 inches, the P4410B can be easily transported along with a small asphalt compactor. But don’t let the size fool you — once on site, the Ultimat 16 screed can hydraulically extend to quickly double the machine’s base width to a full 16 feet. Add additional extensions for an impressive 18-foot paving width. At 6,500 pounds, the Ultimat 16 delivers a consistently smooth surface at high density and full width. The auger-to-screed distance is also adjustable via the tow arm position, allowing flexibility for any application and asphalt mix.

Dual screed consoles and remote controls are placed with ergonomics at top of mind, allowing excellent visibility and precise speed control. Combined with power slope and power crown, large hopper capacity, and durable rolled hopper wings that prevent material built-up — the P4410B enables high throughput and laydown volumes.

 

All the features of a larger machine
The P4410B is packed with features typically associated with larger 10-foot machines. Common controls with other Volvo pavers put the paving crew at ease upon first use. The machine also features large 20-inch foldable walkways, plentiful handrails, non-slip footing and glare-resistant hood paint for uncompromising safety and ease of movement around the platform. The 60-inch low deck and 360-degree visibility around the paver, hopper, auger channel and screed enable the operator to check material flow at a glance. The convenient swing console, which hosts intuitively grouped and clearly labeled controls, allows operation from both sides of the machine.

For a more comfortable ride, the engine delivers low noise levels, while the built-in SmokEater® extraction system collects and disposes fumes from the hot mix away from operators.

Servicing made simple
Large opening panels offer easy access to daily checkpoints and filters, while strategically placed hydraulic test ports keep machine downtime to a minimum. Combined with the clean hose and harness routing, the practical design of the paver provides reliability and durability. Maintenance-free auger and conveyor bearings eliminate daily and weekly greasing to reduce the need for daily maintenance. Features such as uncomplicated hydraulics, long-lasting wear plates, simple drive chains, straightforward solenoid controls and the clutch-free design promote high machine uptime and keep repair costs low. With reliable Tier 4 Final engine technology, the operation can benefit from longer 500-hour regen intervals.

Coast-to-coast support, fast parts
Regardless of where your work takes you, the P4410B is supported by Volvo through available technology and outstanding dealer support. Additionally, the P4410B is backed by the Volvo 24-Hour Parts Guarantee, which guarantees Class 1 (machine down/emergency) parts delivery within 24 hours in the United States, including Alaska, and within 48 hours to Canada and Hawaii.

Gradall XL 3100 V Hydraulic Excavator Now Features the Tier 4-Final Compliant Volvo Penta Diesel engine

The Gradall XL 3100 V hydraulic excavator, featuring the Tier 4-Final compliant Volvo Penta diesel engine, meets the highest global standards including the demanding Stage IV (EU) and Tier 4 Final (U.S.) emission requirements.
The single engine, with fuel efficiency improved by up to 5 percent, is designed to power the excavator up to 60 mph on highways, or 5 mph for repositioning around job sites from the upperstructure cab.

The same engine also powers the upperstructure boom, including swing motions, and famous Gradall telescoping, tiling boom movements. The advanced hydraulic system has pressure-compensated, load-sensing valves with reliefs on all circuits. This system delivers the right amount of hydraulic power to the boom to perform conventional excavator digging, demolition and barrier placement as well as sloping, finishing, storm and canal cleanup, tree trimming, and many other jobs using a host of attachments.

Along with the new engine, the XL 3100 V hydraulic excavator includes an upgraded high-performance, high-reliability 24-volt electrical system, creating a better power source. An operator cab safety option provides rollover protection that meets safety test requirements and is integrated within the existing cab structure, without external support.
The XL 3100 V has a host of mobility advantages including highway travel speed capability up to 60 mph, eliminating the expense, time and manpower needed by excavators that require an extra truck and a lowboy trailer. At the end of the day, the XL 3100 V models also can be quickly driven back to the safety of the equipment yard.
At 40,930 lbs. (18,566 kg), the XL 3100 V model has a full-tilting boom with a maximum reach of 27 feet, 3 inches (8.3 m) at grade. The telescoping boom design maintains maximum boom force throughout the dig cycle, and the full boom tilt is able to position attachments exactly where they are needed without losing power. That’s a huge advantage over conventional booms that cannot deliver full power during the entire dig cycle, and sacrifice attachment power if they use a boom-end tilting mechanism.
Rated bucket force is 17,990 lbs (80 kN) while the telescoping boom crowd force is 21,940 lbs (97.6 kN). Maximum dig depth is 18 feet, 4 inches (5.6 m). Loading height maximum is 15 feet, 5 inches (4.7 m).
With the extra boom power, XL 3100 V models maximize their utilization of excavating buckets, trenching buckets, ditching buckets, dredging buckets, pavement removal buckets, fixed thumb grapples, boom extensions, tree limb shears, grading blades and more. As a result, governments and contractors are able to use one machine to complete work that used to require many machines.
Series V machines have almost 70 percent parts commonality, simplifying the task of maintaining inventories to complete common service functions. These machines also have longer routine service intervals, and most service locations can be reached from ground level. A global network of authorized distributors supports all Gradall excavators, supplying service advice and authorized Gradall parts.
For more information, contact an authorized Gradall distributor or call Gradall, located in New Philadelphia, OH, at 800-445-4752. Visit www.gradall.com for spec sheets, literature, video and case histories.
All Gradall excavators are designed, built and supported by Gradall Industries, Inc., with processes that meet ISO 9001-2008 standards. Gradall Industries is wholly owned by the Alamo Group.
XL 3100 V UNDERCARRIAGE BASIC SPECIFICATIONS
Horsepower                                               215 hp @ 2300 rpm
Engine                                                        VOLVO TAD571 VE, TIER 4-Final
Weight                                                        40,930 lb (18,566 kg)
Maximum Reach at Ground Level        27 ft., 3 in. (8.3 m)
Maximum Digging Depth                       18 ft., 4 in. (5.6 m)
Boom Tilt                                                    220° Continuous

DEWALT Updates Construction Saw Blades

DEWALT announces a new look and improved performance for their line of Construction Saw Blades.  For the first time is in 15 years, DEWALT is updating the look of their construction saw blades, eliminating the “yellow rim”, to show off ultra-sharp, construction-grade carbide.

When combined with the blade’s wedge shoulder design, DEWALT’s Construction Blades deliver impact resistance, easy cuts, and long life. In addition, the line’s 7-1/4” blades have a new, thinplate designed for cutting that requires less force, meaning easy cuts for the user. This thinner plate is already used on DEWALT Precision Saw Blades and contributes to the premium performance of those blades.

DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips Reduce Muscle Exertion and Enhance Comfort

15% less muscle exertion* for easier cutting

DEWALT remains focused on innovating and delivering ergonomic hand tools including new Ergo Aviation Snips (DWHT14676), featuring reduced handle span to help optimize cutting with less effort.

Used by carpentry professionals and sheet metal workers for a variety of cutting applications, including 18-22 gauge sheet metal, aluminum, copper, vinyl siding, leather, and cardboard, DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips also have a serrated edge that helps prevent materials from slipping during use without increased effort.  Patented flush hardware design allows for smooth, unobstructed cuts and easier access from a tool pouch. A new, extended finger flange design on the DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips enhance leverage, while the external latch design provides easy, one-handed operation. The bi-material, cushion grip handles provide comfort and control.

DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips are available in Left Cut (DWHT14673), Right Cut (DWHT14674) and Straight Cut (DWHT14675) as well as a three-piece set (DWHT14676). DEWALT® Ergo Snips are made of forged chrome vanadium steel blade material for durability and are available on DEWALT.com and where DEWALT products are sold. DEWALT® products are Guaranteed Tough® with a warranty package that includes three-year limited warranty, 90 day money back guarantee and a one-year free service contract.

To meet United States Ergonomics testing standards, muscle activity levels of the hand, wrist and forearm were recorded as sheet metal workers and carpentry professionals completed a series of common applications with the DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips. The muscle effort levels were analyzed to assess the effort for all major muscles involved in the tasks. Based on the positive testing performance of the DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips, they have been awarded the United States Ergonomics Ergonomic Product Performance Certification

* Compared to current DEWALT® Snips (DWHT70279) on average

About DEWALT:

DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial corded and cordless power tools, power tool accessories, storage and hand tools in categories that include Woodworking, Drilling & Fastening, Concrete & Metal Power Tools, as well as Cutting, Abrasive, and IMPACT READY® Impact Driver Power Tool Accessories. Hand Tool categories include Measuring & Layout, Knives & Blades, Mechanics Tools, and Storage Solutions.

With seven manufacturing locations in the USA, DEWALT remains committed to domestic manufacturing and produced over 90 million individual units of Power Tools, Hand Tools, and Accessories in the United States with global materials in 2016 alone. Visit the website to learn more about DEWALT tools Made in the USA with global materials.

DEWALT tools can be found nationally and internationally, wherever tools are sold.  For more information, visit www.dewalt.com

About United States Ergonomics:

United States Ergonomics is comprised of Certified Professional Ergonomists and experienced professionals who have been applying the best practices in ergonomics, health & safety for decades. Our goal is to improve human efficiency, comfort and the quality of life by enhancing the design of products and the workplace. US Ergonomics is the only company in the United States providing ergonomics product certification. For more information, visit http://www.us-ergo.com.